Tag Archives: evidence-based healthcare policy

Wiley’s Predatory Behavior: My Recent Experience and Recommendations

Predatory publishers of scientific journals engage in unethical behavior, so you should steer clear of them. Until now, I had thought Wiley did not behave like them. But a recent incident made me change my mind.

Wiley’s predatory behavior recently with a colleague’s scientific manuscript makes me want to avoid publishing in their journals. Read about our experience.

US Public Health Alphabet Soup Explained: What is the MHS?

The MHS stands for Military Health System, and is the healthcare part of the military.

“What is the MHS?” is a question not always asked by public health data scientists, but it should be. The MHS – or Military Health System – serves the US military through healthcare facilities in locations where civilians do not have access. I provide an explanation on my blog post.

Data Curation Solution to Confusing Options in R Package UpSetR

It is possible to use data curation to solve the problem of a confusion vector containing options.

Data curation solution that I posted recently with my blog post showing how to do upset plots in R using the UpSetR package was itself kind of a masterpiece. Therefore, I thought I’d dedicate this blog post to explaining how and why I did it.

US Public Health Alphabet Soup Explained: What is the HRSA?

Local health departments are funded by HRSA which provides grants to them to help them with community health

“What is the HRSA?” can be answered two ways: with a short answer, and a long answer. The short answer is that it is the agency that funds public health departments in the United States. The long answer, which I unpack in my blog post, is more nuanced, harrowing, and ultimately, depressing.

Researching Data Science Companies: How to Evaluate Your Future Employer

You should research companies offering data science job positions before scheduling an interview, because you do not want to be surprised during the hiring process.

Researching data science companies who might be your future employers, but you don’t know where to start? Read my blog post to learn my simple approach.

Presentation on Data Collection for Healthcare QA/QI in Chronic Disease

Quality improvement and assurance departments in healthcare do many functions all at once, including monitoring and research

Watch a video of my presentation on data collection from chronic disease patients for healthcare quality control and quality improvement – and download the slides!

US Public Health Alphabet Soup Explained: What is the DHHS?

The Department of Health and Human Services in the United States is also called DHHS and HHS, and is the top level department with a mission of ensuring healthcare delivery in the US.

My answer to, “What is the DHHS?” is, “A failed department”, but it is important to examined exactly what they have failed at, and how.

US Public Health Alphabet Soup Explained: What is the BPHC?

The Bureau of Primary Healthcare is a United States federal agency that ensures safety net services to poor individuals

The United States (US) Bureau of Primary Healthcare (BPHC) is the federal agency that funds our safety net infrastructure serving patients who can’t get on Medicare or Medicaid. I explain how all that works, and the relationship of BPHC to the rest of the public health infrastructure.

Recommended Model for QA/QI in Healthcare: Epidemiology and Biostatistics, not PDSA! Part 5 of 5

The Plan Do Study Act model does not use traditional epidemiological study designs that are peer-reviewed

I describe the three steps of my alternative model to the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) model for quality assurance/quality improvement (QA/QI) in healthcare.